Steve Schmidt, former Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) former presidential campaign manager, expressed deep concern about President Donald Trump’s mental state, saying Trump was “clearly slurring his words” during an announcement that the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
“The impairment is chilling,” said Schmidt during a panel discussion on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’
“I don’t know the cause of it, but when you combine it with [Sen.] Bob Corker’s critique that the president of the United States is unstable, that he’s dangerous, when you look at the private comments that are made by members of Congress around his stability, you look at his actions in recent weeks,” Schmidt said.
“The question of his fitness, of his stability, is in the air,” Schmidt later added. “And it doesn’t get better when you see clear impairments.”
Trump on Wednesday announced the U.S. will recognize Jerusalem as its capital and will move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv, keeping a campaign promise made in 2016.
The president appeared to have an issue with his speech toward the end of the announcement. Some in the media and many on social media speculated that he wears dentures and they were falling out, affecting his speech.
“#DentureDonald” was trending on Twitter for most of Wednesday into Thursday.
The White House, however, attributed Trump’s slurred speech to “dry throat.”
“I don’t know. Is that a tooth problem? Is that something else?” Schmidt asked on Thursday. “Presidents every year typically go to the Bethesda naval hospital for a checkup. This president, to my knowledge, is departing from that. We don’t have updates on his health. We don’t know what’s going on, but this is a legitimate issue worthy of consideration. This is the man who commands America’s nuclear arsenal. And that video, that speech, that impairment, is chilling.”
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